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Towel Animals & Towel Origami: How To Make Them Just Like On The Cruise Ships -- The Easy Way!

Updated on May 25, 2009

How To Make Cruise Ship Towel Animals (aka Towel Origami)

Have you ever been on a Carnival cruise or to a nice Bed & Breakfast and been greeted in your room by one of those cute towel animals? 

On this lens you'll learn cool tips and tricks for making these cuties and even how to try all 16 of my private towel animal videos for only a buck.

Go ahead, impress your friends...and be sure to rate this site by giving me a 5-STAR rating (click on the far right star) up above.  That is, if you think it's worth it!

Watch How To Make A Towel Animal & Impress Your Friends Right Now! - Forget about the books and diagrams...Let me SHOW you how to make your own towel animal

Secrets of Cruise Ship Towel Animals Revealed!

Stay-At-Home Mom Shows You How To Make Your Own Towel Animal On This Free Video!

Ok...I know, it's a little weird. An entire website dedicated to those adorable towel animals that mysteriously show up in your room when you're on a cruise or staying at a Bed & Breakfast.

My husband and I just got home from a romantic Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. It was wonderful. We were on the Elation and had ports of call in Freeport & Nassau.

Now if you've ever been on a cruise, you know that one of the best parts is the FOOD...

But also every night when you come back to your stateroom, the cruise staff makes these cute towel animals and puts them in interesting places!

They even offered a class on how to make them & (of course) I went. I found out that I actually have a little bit of a knack for making these...and it's so much fun!

Carnival sells a book in the gift shop for $12 or $15 with instructions on how to make them, but I didn't get it. I learn much better when someone shows me how to do it in person, like the class.

When we got home, we looked on the internet for someone that actually SHOWED you how to do it, but we only found one DVD set with only a few of the animals.

So my husband (Tony) came up with the idea of video taping me making ALL of the amazing animals that we could find. That's how this lens got started.

Want to see my videos and learn how to make a bunch of 'em?

How To Make Cruise Ship Towel Animals (aka Towel Origami)

Have Fun!

Leslie Millet

Why Won't My Towel Animal Stand Up?

This is by far THE most common question I get...

You watched the video. It seems easy enough to do, right? So you grab a towel from your bathroom or linen closet and start to fold.

You roll and twist and fold, then you stand up your elephant and it rolls over like a lazy hound dog!

Here's what's wrong...

Your towels are too fluffy! The best towels for towel animals are the lower-grade (hate to say it...) hotel-style towels that have NOT had fabric softener used on them.

They hold their shape much better and are generally stiffer.

So if your towel animals don't look like mine in the video, try losing the super luxurious, soak up a whole swimming pool, soft as a baby's bottom towels.

Grab some of those towels you bought when you were broke and single. You know, the ones you're using to wash your car -- use those.

If you don't have any, just go to Wal-Mart and buy the least expensive ones you can find. Or, you can go here for the perfect towels at wholesale prices.

See, aren't you happy you don't have to be rich to make cruise ship towel animals?

By Popular Demand...How To Fold Towel Animals On DVD

I can't tell you how many emails I've had to answer from people asking for my towel animal videos on DVD.

Unfortunately, my husband & I are just too busy with the kids to produce, stock, and ship physical DVD's to everyone -- but I've found something even better.

My friend John Pullam has done a wonderful job of creating a very professional set of "How-To" towel animal DVD's.

He's even been on TV demonstrating how to fold a towel shirt! --> check him out in the video below...

If you want to get your hands on his wonderful DVD's, you can

get 'em cheap on eBay right here.

Now go fold like a pro!

Towel Origami Goes Mainstream... - Watch this video of my friend John making towel origami on a local Fox morning show!

If You'd Rather Learn From A Book, Here's Some That Will Help You On Your Way...

Tell The World Your Opinion Of My Towel Animal "How-To" Video!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      I have seen towels as animals but never thought of doing it myself. Until now that is. This might be an interesting way to do a little something with the kids. Sort of a way to surprise them when the get home from school and say to take a bath.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what size towel should I use and is there any other kind of cloth that works?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just went on a carnival cruise 2 months ago I love the towel foldings that they made they made a frog a heart and more towel things

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So cute! luv the monkey!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love it and i'm getting very good at doing it

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      I've been on Norwegian Cruise and they did a fabulous job with the animal folding there! Thanks for this lens! Brought back great memories and I'll definitely try my hand at a few of these for my kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thought the towel animals on my Carnival Cruise were amazing.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      These are so cute, thanks for sharing....Blessed!

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      simplyben 6 years ago

      Nothing like seeing which towel animal you get each night on your cruise!

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      Nice Lens. Loved those towel animals when I was on the cruise.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I loved these when I went on a cruise. It was so different, such a surprise, every day we had a different one.

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      Msmallet 6 years ago

      Wow! The people seem to be really enthusiastic and dedicated. Respect! Also, an informative lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great towels thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gosh, I've never heard of towel animal origami, but it looks like a lot of fun.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Great information. Your readers might also be interested in discount luxury hotels and luxury hotels information. Feel free to visit and leave a feedback!

      Good luck!

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      GardenArbor 6 years ago

      My cruise only had candy and fruit! Great lens!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cute ideas.

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      cindylee10 6 years ago

      This is so cute! Im into animal face painting right now but I have to learn how to do this too. Now I can make my bathroom look like a hotel bathroom!

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      indigomoth 7 years ago from New Zealand

      These were definitely one of my favourite parts of a cruise!

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      strobo 7 years ago

      The above articles is very impressive, and I really enjoyed reading your blog and points that you expressed. I love to come back on a regular basis,post more on the subject.

      Towel Origami is my hobby as well. ) Thanks for sharing...keep writing!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice lens. thank you

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      archaeology 7 years ago

      This post is very nice. All related videos are very interesting. our rare animals related blog spot is dinosaurs

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      How unique! I haven't seen these before. I know my daughter would love them.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Towel origami! Thank you for this fun and informative hot-to lens. You thought of everything.

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      I sooo love crafts but have never seen these except on paper. Thanks for sharing. I fave.

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      thewishpearl 7 years ago

      Last year my family on I went on a Carnival Cruise and discovered these towel animals. They are so cute! Especially the elephant. Glad to have found this lens! Rated and fav'ed. Will refer to it often. Now I know how to make something besides a fan with my towels!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Who knows how to fold a towel to look like a flip flop?

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I love this.. Really fun lens. I have tried orgami with my children and will certainly try the elephant.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these are great

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Wow. I tried to find a good book on these years ago and there wasn't one. You have found a niche. I'm keeping this in mind for kid projects.

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      bry lm 8 years ago

      I knew nothing of said towel animals but clicked on this lens because I was curious...Not only was I pleasantly surprised with your very well done lens but those animals are adorable!!!

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      AfricanCheetah 8 years ago

      I really, really love your towel animals -- I'm going to make some. Your lens is greaaaaaaaaat!!

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      Edit Photos 8 years ago from Earth

      This is great! No traveling this year for us - so maybe I can impress the kids with our home vacation!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love your fantastic site! I can't wait to get your videos for my birthday! I would order them now myself but I don't have a credit card, so I have to wait until June. But come June my house will be filled with delightful towel animals!!! Thank you for making an easy and convenient online vault so we don't have to wait for shipping. I thank you and soon my family and friends will thank you too when their lives are brightened by little towel animal surprises!

      -Ginny G.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love towel animals.i have loved them since my first cruise. i have been on five. i love the mouse. anyone know how to make it . i do . if you go on a cruise you hav to make your steward an animal. tey get a kick out of that.they love them!!!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      What a great lens! We have been on a number of cruises and just love the towel animals.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very cute animals! We do a little bit of this at our resorts for our guests. It's cool to see so many different animals!

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      Nara White Owl 8 years ago

      Great lens. I love the towel animals and now I have a lens to come back to and try making more. 5 starts from me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to boojae5]

      why didn't my picture show up?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      how do i make a monkey like the one of the left?

      i had it on a hanger and then my mom picked it up and the head fell off and unravelled.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      I enjoyed getting towel animals left on my bed during my cruise last week :)

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      I enjoyed getting towel animals left on my bed during my cruise last week :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Whoa! I'm impressed I didn't know this existed. Now I can rest knowing there are people who put this kind of talent to good use making others happy.

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      sajun 8 years ago

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a FUN lens! 5* and a smile :o)

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      nancydodds1 8 years ago

      hai there, very interesting to make animals with towel, i enjoyed a lot with your lens, thank you for sharing, 5 * for u and you can visit me on Mortgage Calculator.

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      JudyDunn 8 years ago

      Cool. Five stars and lensrolled with my Paperless Origami lens. :-)

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Hi Leslie,

      I would be honored to have this fine origami lens in our new How-To group:

      www.squidoo.com/groups/everything-how-to

      You're officially invited! ~Colleen :o

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      This is just about the neatest thing I have ever heard of, and I never heard of it before! Thanks. 5* Makes me want to go on a cruise. This goes to my squidoo library lens.

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      ZoomJer 9 years ago

      You are very good at that, Leslie! I've been doing paper origami since the late 80s when my brother served a mission for our Church in Japan, and this is a new twist (pun intended!)

      Thanks for the insight.

      -Jerry

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      ifoundyouinc 9 years ago

      Ok I love it very cool.

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      scrapperkare 9 years ago

      Leslie, cool idea!! 5***** Ever since our first cruise years ago and seeing these fun towel animals, I've wondered how they do 'em . . . thanks!! ~karen

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      Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

      Cute~ I have been on 3 cruises so far and planning on one next July for our 10th anniversary. I always love to see what they will do with the towels in our cabin.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow! Looks like I need to learn something new. Thanks for the idea!

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      Bworms 9 years ago

      I'm glad I found this lens. I love arts and craft but I have never heard of towel origami before. This will certainly be fun to try. Thank you so much. :)

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      jzorro 9 years ago

      Great Hub! Alex Goad

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      kids gonna love this one

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent tutorial and articles about origami towels!! Those animals are really awesome! I'm trying to slowly build a site on origami too: Origami directions . I will follow your lens closely in order to find some interesting tidibits of knowledge!

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow!

      I really enjoyed with your lens. I would like to forward your lens to my friends and share my happiness with every one.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      this one is so beautiful!

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      TrishH LM 9 years ago

      Cooooool. I love this. Gonna try it for the kiddos.

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      Justbeachy 9 years ago

      Love your lens! these towel animals are so cute.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      very unique and one of a kind lens. these are really cool!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have seen these Towel Animals and I would love to get a book on how to make them so can you help me out on getting a book.

      Thank You

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      LeeCS 9 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for bringing it to us! Please feel free to check out my site about cheap auto insurance, how to obtain cheap classic car insurance and car insurance for females 5 stars for your wonderful lens!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey! I never figured we can do origami on these towels! This just too awesome! It's a good thing I stumbled upon this wonderful lens of yours! Now, I can have new things to do and to show off to my friends! Thanks a lot!

      - Mark "boxer dog checks" Serra

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow! I've never seen those! How COOL.

      Talia

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      NatureQuest 9 years ago

      5 stars! First time I see a towel animal ;)

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      bestacnereview 9 years ago

      Great lens. Bookmarked.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I would love to see something besides the elephant.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I would love to see something besides the elephant.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I would love to see something besides the elephant.

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      I particularly like the elephant!

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      I particularly like the elephant!

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      I particulary like the elephant!

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      I particulary like the elephant!

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      jzorro 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I loved your towel animals!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      These are really cute. What a creative lense idea!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, you have great and very informative lens. 5 stars of course.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like your lens very much! bookmarked!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice pictures and useful information. thanks! 5 stars.

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      pylemountain1 9 years ago

      I love your lens - 5 stars for sure!

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      Excellent lens! I have one about what to give to somebody who have to stay in bed. There I have origami kit as a suggestion. This is another! Thank you for the tip! 5*

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Funny. thanks for the laugh.

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      What a cool Lens! I didn't know there were so many things to make with a towel. I was just happy folding them and hanging them up. Now I must make an elephant!

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      SleepAids 9 years ago

      Love this! Very creative lens, nice job!!

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      Great 5 Star Lens. I'm going to give this a try... Hand Poured Pillar Candles

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      very artistic and can be a good recreation too! 5*

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      very artistic and can be a good recreation too! 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey,

      what a great lens here, I really amazing with your lens. I will try to crate a towel animals.

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      thanks you very much

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      NewsBaron 9 years ago

      Wow, some of these are extreme! The shops should sell the towels like this to start with!

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a great lens I love finding something unique and unusal

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very Nice Travel Lens Lots Of Good Info! World Travel Group!

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      jzorro 9 years ago

      Wondeful lens. I know origami, but aka towel origami is the first time I ear about it. Enjoy it a lot. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      PaulaFarris 9 years ago

      This is so cool! I wondered how they did those cool animals. Such fun and great lens!

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Towel animals? Who knew?! Pretty cool lens. Thanks. 5*****